Posts tagged "grief"

It’s Time To Cry: Girl Writes Balloon Letter To Late Dad, Kind Strangers Reply

Since Ashlynn Marracino's dad died of a brain aneurysm in 2010, the 16-year-old has had a tradition of writing him a letter on his birthday, January 6. This year, she wrote the letter on a star-shaped a balloon, tell him, “You have missed so much and I miss you. And I love you, miss you…

By: Claire Hannum / January 15, 2015

On My First Christmas Without My Dad

When I headed back home to Michigan for the first Christmas since my dad's death, I didn't expect it to get difficult until the holiday actually arrived. Since I got here this weekend, my routine hasn't reflected anything he'd normally be a part of - I've been puttering around the house, out with high school…

By: Claire Hannum / December 25, 2014

I Can’t Run For A While, So What Do I Do Now? Advice Please!

I love the natural high of exercise. To me, it serves as a kind of pseudo anti-depressant* that puts me in an instant good mood, and I like to alternate new workout plans to give me something to look forward to during dull or stressful stretches of time (like, say, the bulk of winter). For…

By: Claire Hannum / October 14, 2014

11 Pieces Of Advice I’ve Received About Grief Since My Dad’s Death

On the first Saturday of August, I woke up to a perfectly sunny sky and the news that my vibrant, youthful dad had abruptly passed away of a heart attack in the middle of his kitchen. There are lots of things to be said about the days immediately following that, but to put it lightly,…

By: Claire Hannum / August 14, 2014

On The Matter Of Mattering In The Aftermath Of A Parent’s Death

It has been five-and-a-half months since my dad died and yet it sometimes feels like it hasn't hit me yet. Even though his ashes are sitting in a box in my apartment. He had been absent from my day-to-day life for years, our interactions limited, at their most intimate, to Skype. Then we stopped talking.

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 30, 2013

Girl Talk: This House Is Not Just A House & Other Thoughts On My Dad’s Death

In the few days following my dad's passing a few weeks ago, I received flowers from friends and coworkers, endless phone calls, emails and Facebook messages expressing condolences, and more than a few people offering to help in any way they could. It was wonderful and comforting, to be sure, and would, I thought, kee…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 26, 2012

11 Simple Rules For What To Do When Your Parent Dies

I turned 20 years old this year, and with that birthday came the 10th anniversary of my father’s death. This past decade has given me plenty of space and time to orchestrate my thoughts about losing a parent. Unfortunately, I don’t have a magical secret to healing. I wish I did. Still, what I ca…

By: Talena Lydia / November 26, 2012

Thoughts On My Father’s Death

Today would have been my father's 65th birthday. He died this past Thursday, in his sleep, after a 15-year battle with drug addiction and untreated mental illness. I found out on Friday, my 33rd birthday. The last time I heard from my dad was two weeks prior to his death, in an email sent from…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 19, 2012

Holiday Survival Guide: 6 Tips For Dealing With The Holidays When You’ve Lost A Loved One

The holidays suck extra hard when you're trying to cope with the loss of a family member, even if you're not a Grinch by nature. However you define your family, once someone that was an integral part of your warm and fuzzy celebrations is missing, winter brings a feeling of doom and gloom that all…

By: Jenni Miller / December 21, 2011

Decode My Dream: A Visit From A Deceased Dad

I had a dream recently that I can't seem to make sense of. In my dream, I was on the porch of another home, not the one I currently live in. It was snowing very heavy, which is unusual in southern Alabama, where I live. There were several people, friends and family, walking in with…

By: Ami Angelowicz / March 4, 2011

Liam Neeson Talks About Natasha Richardson’s Death

"It's easy enough to plan jobs, to plan a lot of work. That's effective. But that's the weird thing about grief. You can't prepare for it. You think you're gonna cry and get it over with. You make those plans, but they never work. It hits you in the middle of the night -- well,…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / February 16, 2011

Girl Talk: I’m Uncomfortable With Grief

Maybe I can do this, I thought. But there was still a little part of me that was relieved when she left because I could finally be alone again with just my own grief to keep me company.My mom got the call about my grandma's death just two minutes after walking into my apartment o…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 29, 2010

Girl Talk: My Brother Died Before I Was Born

My parents had been married for five years when they had their first child, a boy named Nathan. It was the fall of 1974 and he was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a congenital bone disease you may have heard referred to as "Brittle Bone Disease." My mother was told she should institutionalize her baby, but…

By: Emily Morris / August 11, 2010

Girl Talk: Happy Mother’s Day? I Don’t Think So.

“Thanks, but my mother’s dead,” I heard myself snap. From the horrified look on the saleswoman’s face, it was clear I should’ve come up with a more tactful response when she steered me towards the Mother’s Day cards. After all, it wasn’t her fault my mom died; this lady was just doing her job.

By: Judy McGuire / May 6, 2010

Dear Wendy: “I Can’t Cope With Mother’s Day”

My boyfriend and I have been together for three years. Everything about our relationship is great, but my boyfriend's relationship with his mother is strained. They do get along, but it all seems very forced and whenever he goes to visit his parents, I come along to give him the emotional support he seems to…

By: Wendy Atterberry / May 4, 2010